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Wolf range-- griddle, grill, or none of the above?

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We're working on a kitchen remodel and are likely going to purchase a Wolf range, probably 48" all gas version, though we haven't yet ruled out duel fuel, and 60" is still an outside possibility. I'm wondering what the collective chowhound experience is with griddles and grills on these ranges. It seems that most people I know who have them have tended to rarely use either of them, particularly the grill. From what I've gathered to date, it seems like clean up is a bear.

If you have had a built in griddle or grill on your range (particularly Wolf), have you enjoyed them? Are they difficult to clean up? Would you get it/them again?

A salesman at a local appliance store said his personal preference for configuration on a 48" Wolf range would be 4 burners and a double griddle, though I think I would want 6 burners, and either a grill or griddle. Thoughts?

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  1. HAVE A WOLF RANGE A 36. I WOULD SKIP THE GRIDDLE. IT IS HARD TO CLEAN UP AND SELDOM USE IT. I THINK YOU WOULD BE BETTER OFF WITH GRILL OR THE SIX BURNERS EVEN BETTER. DEFINITELY THE DUEL FUEL. LOVE IT.

    1. I love my dual fuel. Chose all burners. Haven't regretted it since I have a gas grill outside I can use all year long.

      I have been curious about the French top for more than a year but I don't think "curiosity" is the reason to make a major decision. I only have 36"; if I had 60" I'd explore the FT.

      1. I love my Wolf 48 with 24" center griddle. I use it all the time and wouldn't think about a grill. I have a large extended family and it really comes in handy. For our Christmas dinner, I seared 6 whole beef tenderloins on the griddle and finished in the oven. I made potatoes Lyonnais, zucchini and squash, seared scallops, all on the griddle. I could not have done it as quickly without the 24" griddle and the plus was no pans to wash. For me, 12" is too small for a griddle or grill. If I need to grill, I have a large grill on my deck. I have never needed more than the four burners if you use the griddle. It was by far the best decision I made for my kitchen.

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        1. re: brumleycom

          I have a 48 Wolf thats a great stove and i really love. I have six burners and the grill. I have used the grill once, to make naan. The clean up can be a real bear, but it performed well. As other have said, the grill(s) are right outside that are used all year long. Furthermore, when i grill i usually opt for my charcoal grill over the gas grill for a few different reasons. If i was remodeling my kitchen today, i would not get the grill. I would get eight burners or the french top.
          If you look into the french top, you might want to find out how long it takes to heat up. Best of luck!

        2. We have the grill, and we don't use it all that often. The clean-up is a pain, and the grill smokes a lot. Any marinade, any overly fatty piece of food, and there is smoke everywhere, and our fumehood is not powerful enough to remove the smoke. We often set off our fire alarm, and it is a pain. We use it now and then, but I think if we had to do it over, we might not get the grill. Our initial thinking was that we could grill during the winter indoors. Also, we have a charcoal BBQ, not a gas grill, so we thought it might be a nice alternative. The Wolf grill does do a nice job with grilling food, but the other problems make it a PITA.

          1. I would never give up burners for either a grill or griddle. Large 2-burner griddles are readily available for the limited times you'd use them and easier to clean. Grilling indoors is always a compromise.

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